The Vampire Slayer

Why do some people drain your energy? How do they do it? What can you do to stop it?

The presence of the vampire archetype in your life is a sign that you need to protect your energy. The purpose of the Vampire archetype, when on the receiving end of it, is to remind you that your Personal Energy Budget is in danger of collapse.

The Vampire is an archetypal story that can be used to demonstrate the symbolic nature of archetypes. Archetypes represent human behaviours. As symbols, archetypes can give you a more objective stance, rather than taking things too personally.

Those who embody the Vampire archetype are attracted to you because they need your blood to survive.

The Vampire archetype will take anyone’s blood. It’s not fussy.

The person embodying the Vampire archetype needs your life force. So they will drain your energy. And do what ever it takes to get it.

The energy they drain may be emotional, as in persistent complaining and blaming. It may be physical, where you’ve been asked to do more than you’re capable of doing. It may be a mental drain, where a person embodying the Vampire archetype is prepared to, and will, steal your ideas and claim them as their own. They will take the credit for it. Vampire archetypes don’t reveal their sources. The person who thought of the idea may feel disrespected or dishonoured. As result, the victim’s creativity is drained.

The story of the Vampire archetype often ends in a win/lose.


There are two sides to every archetypal story. Everyone involved in an archetypal story has a role to play. It’s not all bad. Fortunately, if you find yourself a victim of the Vampire archetype, you can turn the story to your advantage.

If the vampire archetype appears in your life, while it may not be one of your personality archetypes, it can be short-lived. The vampire archetype will remain active in your life until you resolve the challenge it represents for you. In other words, you could say that the vampire archetype will teach you something you need to learn.

It’s a matter of psychological projection. You attract what you are yet to accept in yourself. For example, as author Judith Orloff MD puts it, if there’s an unacknowledged part of you that is angry, then you will find yourself surrounded by angry people. Orloff suggests that if you note how people drain you, then you can recognise the issue to be addressed. Once you’ve resolved the issue, you won’t be drained by those people. You’ll be less attractive to vampire types.

Instead of being a victim, you become the Vampire slayer.


Orloff J, 2022, Energy vampires:, <>.